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The San Diego Chargers have the best coach in the NFL.
Okay, that is a out-and-out lie. Turner is not the best coach in the NFL. He’s not even in Michael Lombardi’s (or anybody else’s not named AJ Smith) top 10. But he’s certainly not the worst. That distinction belongs to...wait, they fired that guy, didn’t they?
Yes, I have problems with Norv Turner the head coach, but I have a lot fewer problems with Norv Turner the offensive coordinator. Norv Turner the head coach has problems getting the team ready coming out of camp. Norv Turner the head coach has problems with clock management. Norv Turner the head coach can’t win a replay challenge to save his life. (Until this preseason, it seems.) But Norv Turner the offensive coordinator has some serious chops.
The Chargers led the NFL in total yards last year after being 10th in 2009 and 11th in 2008.
The Chargers were second in passing yards after being fifth in 2009 and seventh in 2008.
The Chargers were second in points scored after being fourth in 2009 and second in 2008.
By any measure, the Chargers are really good and getting better. I can only imagine what will happen when Turner gets all of his weapons back on the field at the same time.
Now, if he would only do something about his tendency to open every game and every other series with a run up the middle for no gain, who knows what would happen?